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Reiss is a brave, silly and smart five-year-old; Reiss is also a congenital heart defect survivor.
During a routine ultrasound at 20 weeks, Reiss’ parents learned that their little girl would be born with a complex congenital heart defect (CHD). The cause – unknown. At birth, Reiss was diagnosed with multiple issues: double outlet right ventricle (DORV), left aligned transposition of the great arteries (L-TGA), ventricular septal defect (VSD), inverted ventricles and pulmonary atresia (PA).
In her six short years, Reiss has undergone multiple medical procedures, including two open-heart surgeries and the placement of a pacemaker. While Reiss is currently thriving, her family knows the fight is not over. She will need constant monitoring, additional testing, surgeries and procedures, and regimen of medications for the rest of her life.
Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect, affecting 1 out of every 110 babies. Most causes of CHDs are unknown. Only 15-20% of all CHDs are related to known genetic conditions. The work of the American Heart Association continues in regards to CHD awareness and research. Join us in our fight to fund innovative research and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent to treat cardiovascular diseases.
Reiss Is Why!